Jen Ward 540-387-5238
Feb. 16, 2016
SALEM DISTRICT: ROAD CREWS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF SUNSHINE AND WARMER TEMPERATURES TO WORK ON SECONDARY ROADS
Refreezing will pose challenges overnight
SALEM – Road conditions are improving quickly with sunshine and warmer temperatures helping crews and contractors with the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Interstate 81, I-581 and I-77 are clear. Most primary roads (those numbered 1-599) are mostly clear but drivers should still watch for isolated slick spots.
Most hard-surface secondary roads (those numbered 600 and above) have had at least one pass over them and are considered passable, but a layer of compacted ice may remain on many of these roads especially in cooler more shaded areas. Drainage structures and ditches may be blocked by snow or ice and cause ponding water as snow melts. Tree removal crews have been working to remove downed trees.
Drivers are cautioned that wet roads will refreeze tonight as temperatures fall below freezing. Crews will continue to monitor conditions on the interstate and primary roads due to refreezing and any additional snowfall from tonight’s clipper system that may affect the western slopes. Crews will continue to work on secondary roads overnight if conditions allow.
Travelers are reminded that they can get real-time information on road conditions and traffic incidents on Virginia roads by using VDOT’s 511 free mobile app or the www.511Virginia.org website and phone system.
The Salem District includes the counties of Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke.